May 2nd, 2019

Revisions on Ph Maritime Programs Await Approval

Manila, Philippines - The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is still waiting for the final approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on the revised policies on maritime educational programs meant to solve the competency issues of Filipino seafarers.

Marina has been working double-time to improve the policies, standards and guidelines on Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering to maintain the Philippines’ status as one of the top sources of competent seafarers.

“There is no better time than now to further promote the welfare and enhance the proficiency of Filipino seafarers as we recognize their invaluable contribution to the national economy,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said. Marina is under the Philippine Transportation Department.

Maritime stakeholders deliberated on provisions concerning the authority to operate of maritime higher educational institutions (MHEIs), as well as the application and verification processes, and the minimum requirements prior to the granting of permit and recognition.

Stakeholders have discussed the conduct of regular curriculum review and internal evaluation to ensure continued compliance of MHEIs with the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping for (STCW) Seafarers Convention 1978, as amended.